Thursday, January 15, 2015

Five for Fighting: Dark Circles

Alright so upfront I should say the title is a little misleading because I'm going to be talking about six different concealers. But I'm a fan of alliteration, so whoops! I've written before about my hereditary dark circles, and today I'm gonna give them a shout out again. They're crazy dark on a normal basis, but during the winter when my skin gets pale, I might as well pop in some fangs and call myself Nosferatu because they look that bad. I feel like everyone claims to have bad dark circles, but rarely do they look as punched in the face as mine seem to.

Anyways, because they're genetic these bad boys aren't going away at any point during my lifetime, so I've had to get creative at ways of covering them up. Unfortunately I'm a bit picky with my concealers - it needs to look natural above all, but also needs to pack some coverage without settling in fine lines or further drying out my already dry skin. A tall order, no? Well I've trialled dozens upon dozens of concealers in my time, and I can safely say that these six are some of the best of the best.

So let's start with the lowest coverage and work our way up, shall we? In the warmer weather, I tend to go for a lighter option, and two of my favorites have to be the By Terry Touche Veloutee as well as the lovely Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser. The offering from Maybelline is a beige-y toned drugstore option that is completely foolproof. It looks natural and cancels out darkness, adding some brightness to any dark shadows. While I think this would work better for those with less extreme dark circles, I find it works wonders for me during the summer months. The Touche Veloutee option is kind of like the infamous Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat on steroids (and with good reason - By Terry was created by Terry de Gunzburg the creator of the Touche Eclat). With more coverage and a nice brightening finish, this was my go-to over the summer, and one that I would highly recommend to anyone with mild to moderate dark circles. It might not cover everything, but it's highlighting effects are unparalleled (plus I'm still on my first pen and, after six months of daily use, I still have yet to run out!).

For more of a medium coverage I would recommend the By Terry Densiliss Concealer or the Clarins Instant Concealer. Both these options are in liquid form, but their creamy, blendable formulas leave behind a gorgeously natural finish. Clarins' Instant Concealer in particular is crazy brightening, and I find that when I use shade 2 as a more peach-toned corrector and layer it with shade 1 I can almost build it up to nearly full coverage. Neither crease or dry out underneath my eyes, and while they're not quite enough to cover my dark circles I can guarantee they'd be more than enough for just about everyone else's.

Finally, there's the full coverage choices, which have been my weapons of choice this past month. Both have received cult-status among the beauty world, and with good reason. The liquid option is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the cream stick option would be the Cle de Peau Concealer. I'm pretty sure the NARS option has been written about on just about every beauty blog out there. It's highly pigmented, creamy, and sets to a semi-matte finish that lasts for hours at a time. I have it in the shade Vanilla which is perfect for brightening up underneath my eyes without making me look like a reverse-raccoon. I love it and would use it daily - that is, if I hadn't discovered my precious Cle de Peau (upon typing this I immediately pictured myself doing my best Gollum impression...weird?).

The concealer from Cle de Peau is...absurdly priced, yes. It's a celebrity favorite and has been written about across every beauty platform out there. I heard about it years ago but wrote it off as nothing more than hype. But guys, believe me when I say this is the most full-coverage, natural looking makeup I've ever worn. I usually detest any concealer that's not liquid based, but using just the tiniest bit of this, tapping it under my eyes with my fingers, results in a skin-like finish that won't crease or budge for hours. I start off with a (ton) of eye cream for my habitually dry eyes, and I don't find this to be drying in the least. In fact, I would go as far as saying this is one of the least drying of all the options listed. I could go on and on about my love for this concealer (and probably will in a post coming soon) but suffice to say that I've found my HG concealer and I'm never going back. Thank goodness for my bank account the stick will last me at least a year, because I no longer can be without this one.



  1. I too am a sufferer of dark under eye circles! It may be time to invest in a better product - thanks for these suggestions!

  2. I am dying to try the NARS creamy concealer. This post is fantastic and mega helpful! Touché x

  3. I need to try the NARS creamy concealer. Everyone raves about it but I have been in denial about my dark circles... Thanks Mom life! Great post! Love the alliteration ;). -Michelle.


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